Tyler Anderson had a breakout year for the Dodgers in 2022, making his first All-Star team and finishing fifth in the National League with a 2.57 ERA. He was one of only two L.A. starters to remain healthy all season, along with Cy Young finalist Julio Urias.
Anderson was with Los Angeles on a one-year contract, so he became a free agent this week for the fourth straight offseason. As Jon Morosi reports, the interest in Anderson from other teams is already outpacing last offseason.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) November 10, 2022
Morosi says Anderson could receive a qualifying offer from the Dodgers, but it would really be a shock if he didn’t. The Dodgers would love to have him back for one year and $19.65 million, and they’d love even more to have him for two or three years. Anderson revamped his changeup when he got to L.A., and it was one of the best pitches in baseball.
Anderson was elite at limiting hard contact in 2022, ranking in the 98th percentile in both average exit velocity and hard-hit percentage. He was also in the 91st percentile in walk rate and the 95th percentile in getting batters to chase pitches outside the zone. Even without striking out many hitters, Anderson proved you can be successful simply by limiting hard contact if you do it at a sufficiently extreme rate.
The Angels are always on the hunt for starting pitching, so they make sense to have interest in Anderson. The Red Sox had the ninth-worst starting pitcher ERA in baseball in 2022, so they could definitely use the help.
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